A MunichNOW Interview:
MUNICH — (MunichNOW Arts & Culture) — As part of the ongoing Underground Filmfest, MunichNOW interviewed Bavarian actress/director/screenwriter Kathrin Anna Stahl about her film, “Twelfth Night”, which will be playing Saturday afternoon, February 18, at the Werkstattkino in Munich as part of the Fest.
Kathrin Anna Stahl trained as an opera singer but then quickly turned towards theatre and film. She has served as assistant director on over a dozen short and feature films and currently works as an actress in Munich, Germany. In her own work, she pays tribute to the rural area of her homeland to shoot “Twelfth Night”, her second short film, set in Northern Bavaria close to Czech border.
Both her short films have been funded by the Film and Television Fund of the Bavarian State (FFF Bayern) and her first feature film screenplay just went into production.
In the film, A poor day laborer, having worked his whole life trying to raise the social status of his family almost succeeds only to be thwarted at the last minute by the innocent choices but devastating playfulness of his child.
MunichNOW: What was the inspiration for this film? Why did you want to make it?
Kathrin Anna Stahl: “The inspiration to make this film was the moment I read the old novel “The Cow“ by Friedrich Hebbel. I read it and at once the movie started in my head. It´s an old story, but I think it´s still of topical interest and could happen this way in lots of countries round the world, like Africa or India. For me it´s a parable. It shows how strong the humans ambition for luck is. And how fast the luck can go away, the moment one thinks he made it.”
MN: What advice would you give to someone who wanted to have a life career creating film?
KAS: “Start with a lot of traineeships in film productions and on TV and film sets to learn everything about filmmaking. Then you will also realize if you are made for a life career creating film and in which position…. or not.”
MN: When do you know that a script is ready to shoot, and what is your process of getting it there?
KAS: “My script is ready to shoot, that moment, when I am really happy with every single word and scene and when I´m able to defend it against all objections.”
MN: Is the film business fair? Why or why not? How do you make the apparatus work for you?
KAS: “It´s definitely not fair. I think it is what it is. It´s not objective or impartial. And if you cannot stand to deal with it…. then I think it is really hard to take part in film business…. “
MN: If there is one or more thing you think would make the film industry better, what would it be?
KAS: “Courage! Courage! Courage!!”
Kathrin’s film will be playing at The Underground Filmfest, a festival founded in Munich that has quickly spread to other cities with year-round popup events in Cameroon Africa, Birmingham (Alabama), and Beeston, UK.
With deep roots in promoting and encouraging diversity, the Fest has had over 17 events in four countries to over 2000 people total in last two years. Werkstattkino will be showing their selection of short films – comedies, animation and dramatic fiction – from Spain, Belgium, USA, UK, Slovenia, and Germany, each one dealing with choices and the consequences of decisions.
Fraunhoferstr. 9, 80469 Munich, Germany
FEBRUARY 18 2017
15:00 to 17:00